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It highlights the work of three luminaries who set the trend in the 1950s: Gio Ponti and Ico Parisi, who worked with furniture, and Flavio Poli, whose medium was glass, all of whom have had an enduring influence on the subsequent course of interior design.

An uncompromising boldness of design was the legacy of Poli, whose exciting shapes and colour combinations were executed in Murano by Seguso Vetri d’Arte, of which he was artisitic director from 1937 to 1963.

Italian furniture of the 1950s was known for its fluid yet disciplined curves, a new look that was pioneered by Gio Ponti who broke away from the constraints of Art Deco.

This new freedom of expression provided scope for the creativity of Ico Parisi who, perhaps more than any other, embodies the joy and subtlety of Italian 1950s design.

Right:two pieces of glass designed by Flavio Poli whose work will cost from £1500 to £5000 at a selling exhibition of Italian design coming up at Themes and Variations.